About

Shapiro Didway LLC integrates minimalism and geometrical form to create sustainable places of distinct visual character. Within our landscape solutions we explore and express the intimate relationships between people and landscape, and collaborate with our clients to craft deeply personal and lasting designs. For all gardens, our goal is to create places of refuge, celebration and social connection.

Shapiro Didway was established in 2006 and has pursued a traditional design construction practice that has provided public and private clients with excellence in design service. Our specific areas of expertise are sustainable planting and irrigation design, urban gathering spaces and educational campus design. Clients include commercial and private developers, non-profit organizations, municipalities and governmental agencies. Principals Steve Shapiro and Blair Didway lead the design team and collaborate on all projects from conception to implementation. 

Steve Shapiro
Principal, Founder
LEED AP

Steve Shapiro is a landscape architect and founding principal of Shapiro Didway Landscape Architecture. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and for many years worked under the respected landscape architect Robert Murase. Within his work he strives to create site specific spaces of balanced composition and visual intrigue. Steve brings more than twenty five years of design and construction experience to a wide range of projects including urban housing, institutional projects, and campuses.  Sustainability, long and short term maintenance, and budget are important considerations within each project.

Blair Didway
Principal

Blair is a registered landscape architect with over ten years of professional design and management experience in public and private projects. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Blair was a consultant for several Orange County–based landscape architecture firms, including LPA and EDAW prior to joining Shapiro Didway in 2006. Blair has extensive experience and expertise in all phases of large-scale project development.  He has collaborated on a wide range of large-scale projects ranging from streetscapes, housing, & commercial, to public parks and plazas.

Nate Otani
Landscape Designer

Nate is a landscape designer and design visualization specialist with over 5 years’ experience. After earning a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, Nate studied Design Visualization at the Art Institute of Portland. Through his professional career Nate has worked on a variety of project types including: landscape design, urban development, recreation resource planning, visual resource management, visual impact assessment, architectural visualization and public involvement.

Carl Liebhardt
Landscape Designer

Carl is a landscape designer with 7 years of experience designing and building landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Carl graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture, and since has worked for design/build firms throughout the region. Carl is also a LEED Green Associate, and is passionate about bringing sustainable design elements into new projects. Over the course of his career, Carl has had a wide range of experiences that have shaped his understanding of landscape identity. Some of the most unique include establishing a vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, designing trail enhancements at Silver Falls State Park, and two months studying Japanese gardens while living at Daishen-in Temple in Kyoto.

Jessel Champoux
Landscape Designer

Jessel is a landscape architect bringing 10 years of design and construction experience to a wide range of urban planning and design projects. Her career highlights include the Oswego Riverwalk, Oswego, New York, and The Story Garden, Binghamton, New York. Jessel earned her Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science and Forestry, from the State University of New York Suny College.

Eric Bechler
Landscape Designer

Eric is a recent graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Oregon. His experience with 3D visualization software has allowed him to assist other staff members at various stages of the design process.

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Director of Company Morale

Spike keeps the Shapiro Didway office staff in line. Always ready to greet visitors and bark at trucks, Spike plays an important role as office mascot. In his spare time Spike enjoys chasing pigeons, geese, skateboarders, and joggers. Spike is also a talented napper, and can often be found dozing the afternoon away in the Shapiro Didway office.